Let’s Go Crevicing for Gold
January 2008 by Chris RalphPeople have been looking for gold in every manner possible since the big gold boom in 1849, so what chance do we have of getting anything in today’s world where literally thousands of prospectors and fortune seekers have been before us?
At an altitude of over 4,000 feet, in the mountainous terrain of eastern San Diego County, lies the once productive Julian Mining District. Beginning with placer prospecting in 1869, this area moved rapidly into underground quartz or vein mining for gold.
Let’s examine why your placer gold looks the way it does and what you can tell about its journey based upon its appearance.
First, the US Forest Service does not have any authority to enforce or administer any “claim jumping” laws, period.
Most of our gold recoveries have been in the cracks of the bedrock. Hot rocks in the form of dikes cross the creek at various locations, causing us to skip those areas.
Silver was discovered in the mountains as early as 1875, but the first “official” discovery was in 1881.
Now it was time for the nerve-wracking part of the job: actually removing anything from the hanging wall we deemed to be in need of removal because it was either loose, could be loose, looked loose, or we felt it was just downright dangerous
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